Dawson "Goldrush" City
The Heart of the Klondike
Welcome to Dawson City, the heart of the Klondike goldrush. We arrived
in the afternoon and went directly to the tourist center to check out
activities and places to go. You find the tourist center at the main
road on the other side of the brand new public library and the Yukon
visitor center. After that we took about an hour to explore the town.
Next stop was the Dawson City River Hotel with its camp ground. The
hostel is located on the other side of the river. So you have to
take the ferry which connects the two sides of the main road. The
ferry leaves regularly about every 10 to 15 minutes (or more often
if there is traffic). The camp ground is very nice, but quite basic.
The bathroom is just a room with a wood heater and a few pots to
heat the water... just imagine taking a shower ... but it's
certainly woth listening to the owners explanations.
After dinner, we went back to town for a night out. A real urban bar!
Chat with the local! PLay some cards! Have a lot of fun! And then
back by ferry.
But the night was not over yet. Clear skies. What would that mean
in Dawson City? Get ready for the Northern Ligths! We did. We were
already going to bed. But the the show started. SOme green clouds
far on the horizon. We got our cameras out. Is is possible to take
photos? We gathered around and on top of the van to get the best
views with the least disturbing lights. Get Erics Havana out.
Celebration time! And the lights got better and better. Turning
from green to purple ... moving over us ... like clouds ... or
rather like curtains ... changing colors ... blown by a virtual
wind ... all colors of the rainbow ... moving back and forth and
around our heads ... just wonderful. How could one explain?
You must see it yourself!
Next morning was hiking day. We drove into the city, ready for
Midnight Dome hike. The hike starts at the city border and takes
you up to Midnight Dome on paved roads. It's about an hour (or a
bit more) one way. Enjoy the view over Dawson City and the wide
valleys to the north. That's where you'd see the midnight sun
late June. To the south you see the old mining fields with their
characteristc rock hills; the output of the famous dredges.
Dredge was the keyword for noon. After a quick hike back to town
(thanx Eric for getting the van) we went to see Dredge #4. Dredge
#4 is a museum and part of Klondike historic site. We got all the
explanations about the Dredge and old gold mining on a guided tour
through the old "ship".
We enjoyed the afternoon in town. The internet cafe in town gave us
chance to connect back home. Rate was bout $4/hour with a minimum of
1 hour (which could be used as twice 30 minutes). We also enjoyed a
proper shower at the public laundry. They have two pay showers.
Shopping, writing post cards and posting them in the old post
office (do it! it's worth the adventure. and the even use old
stamps). And then we were off to the old Commisionar's house. A
very beautiful place! But you have to book a guided tour in
advance. I'd recomment to get the schedule just when you arrive
in Dawson the first day and to book your ticket early enough
(depending on the saison).
Now we just had to get ready for the night. Back to the camping.
Dress in your best suite! Have style. It's casino and show time.
The Gas Light Follies is a wonderful show. You'll have a lot of
fun. Bring your camera to catch some snapshots. Btw. your tour
leader will book the tickets very early. Next stop after this show
was the old bar with the sour toe. Like whiskey? Try it with an
old toe! The off to the casino at Diamond Tooth Gerties. You may
decide to gamble. Allthough the gambling cannot really beat L.V.
But you'll like the show. A real cabaret. Guests are welcome on
stage. Be prepared to dance with the girls, ...
That was the night, for a long time. Bye Dawson. We'd not
come back the next morning. Off to the camping. We'd leave towards
Alaska tomorrow. Have your passport ready in the morning... Good
- Explore the city
- Goldrush bars and pubs
- Midnight Dome hike
- Dredge #4
- The Gas Light Follies
- Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino
- Get familiar with the ferry schedule.
Hints and Tips
- Have a look at the bath room in the hostel. Try it! If you
don't like it, use the showers in the laundry in town.
- Visit the Governours house. Guided tours are available.
Check with the visitor center and get tickets in advance.
- Stay up late to see the Northern Lights in late summer.
Take a photo (even if you think it won't work). But be
aware that nothing compares to the real one.
- Bring a small camera with a flash to the Gas Light Follies.
Dieter Reinmuth, Box 32, Dawson City, Yukon
Canada YOB 1GO
Tel: (867) 993-6823
- Bath room, pit toilet
- Showers and laundry in town
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